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30 years ago – September 16, 1988

Gilpin Teenager Missing: Have you seen Denise Ruth Monte? Monte, 17, born August 17, 1971, has sun bleached blonde hair which is medium to long in length with the top cut into layers. She weighs 105 to 115 pounds, has blue eyes and is five feet one inch in height. Monte’s skin tone is fair and her bone structure is medium. Monte may either be in this area or may have departed to Southern California, possibly Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Vista, San Diego, Los Angeles, or Palm Springs. Although it has not been confirmed, Monte may have left this area sometime between September 2 and 9. Monte uses several names which include her real name of DeeNise, as well as Dee, D.C., Ginger, and Dece. A resident of Gilpin County and student at Gilpin County RE-1 School, Monte is a suspected runaway. She has double pierced ears and warts on her fingers on both hands. She is nearsighted and has pink framed glasses which she rarely wears. Monte may be wearing a black leather jacket, carrying a small clutch purse, and a gray roll bag with twin handles and a detachable shoulder strap. If anyone has seen, contacted, or has any information concerning Monte, call the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department.

It wasn’t until the last event of the day that Colorado Sierra Volunteer Fire Department edged firmly past Black Hawk Fire Department to take first place honors in the annual Gilpin County Firemen’s Muster. Although Black Hawk was only half a point behind Colorado Sierra going into the bucket brigade, slow time on that event only served to widen the gap, leaving Black Hawk in second place. It was a busy day all around or the four local fire departments who competed in the events designed to test their skill and abilities in not only putting out blazes, but rescuing fire victims from burning structures as well. Last year’s winner, High Country Volunteer Fire Department, was shorthanded for the competition because it has crews fighting the wildfire in Boulder County’s Left Hand Canyon. The Central City fire fighters were called away during the morning to quell a blaze ignited by the Black Hawk-Central City narrow gauge train. At the end of the events there was the usual dunking of the winning team’s chief, but Black Hawk’s J.O. Genter managed to lure County Commissioner Leslie Williams near the open water tank, where he proceeded to toss her in, purse and all! Not one to go quietly, Williams grabbed Genter around the neck and dragged him in headfirst with her. Genter then made a beeline toward Black Hawk Marshal Margaret Bralish, who saw what was in store for her, and quickly divested herself of her gun belt just in time to be picked up bodily and dumped unceremoniously into the chilly water. Although she looked startled by the cold soaking, she seemed to take it well. How well she really took it will be told how quickly Genter gets tossed into the county slammer! Better stay on your toes, J.O.!

Although a great hue and cry went up from the public requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extend its public comment period deadline from August 31 to the end of September, only two members of the public and one reporter showed up for a public meeting held by the EPA on Tuesday in Idaho Springs. Gary St. Clair, who is running for commissioner in Clear Creek County, attended the meeting in order to listen to the questions and answers he expected to come up from an interested public. Bill Round, Gilpin County resident, attended the meeting in order to get an update on what is going on with the EPA in the area because he spends a considerable amount of time away from the area. Four members of the Superfund project staff, including EPA Project Manager Holly Fliniau, Camp Dresser & McKee Engineers Roger Olsen and Charles Waltzer and Colorado Department of Health Spokesman Jeff Decker, answered their questions and wondered why there didn’t appear to be much community interest in the meeting. It was speculated by the three members of the audience that perhaps because the meeting was scheduled for a weekday morning, the public was unable to take time from their jobs to attend, or that perhaps the public had become discouraged and felt that its input didn’t matter and would make no difference anyway. Both the government officials and the Register-Call reporter expressed disappointment and frustration at the lack of public interest.

60 years ago – September 19, 1958

Central City Nuggets

Miss Barbara Bradshaw, music and art teacher, is now nicely settled in one of the Daugherty apartments.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Schweniger and family are residing in the Ken Thompson home. Mr. Schweniger teaches in the high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson are spending a few days in Glenwood Springs.

Across the Crossroads, by A.F. Mayham: One can expect the Beryllium craze to sweep the country before long following the uranium flush on which many small investors got burned. Beryl mining, like uranium, is a big corporation’s job and it takes dough and know-how to process the ore. One of the largest mills is at present located in Pennsylvania. The government, which is the largest user, isn’t buying or subsidizing beryllium in any great quantities. The main need, if left alone without manipulation, is gold. The underground channel has it that the price of gold will be advanced in the next 18 months. Alaska produces more gold than California, and there are more men up there than women. Some of the male sectors are reported to answer to a maidens prayer. Maybe they will find beryl along the arctic circle, but one can’t eat the stuff if one doesn’t get the required nourishment, and jobs on Mocking Bird Hill will go begging.

Black Hawk Gold Dust

Mr. James Robins, who has been ailing for some time, entered Beth Israel Hospital last Saturday, for tests and treatment.

Mr and Mrs. Orville Ingram and son of Golden were in our town Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Janovich of Englewood are visiting the Ed Evans for a few days and also getting in some fishing while here.

County Commissioner Will Grenfell and wife Lillian were looking over the Stroehle home Tuesday, which they have rented.

To celebrate her 70th birthday, Mrs. Mabel Kihe entertained at a party in her home Tuesday evening. Congratulations Mabel!

Evian Jacobson received word from his father, Tom Jacobson, that he is ready to leave San Diego by plane for Norway, the land of his birth, and expects to be gone about three months.

Mr. and Mrs. M.K. Peterson attended the 50th wedding anniversary of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Irwin, of Loveland.

90 years ago – September 21, 1928

Miss Ethel Stevens, of Platteville, Wisconsin, arrived in Central Tuesday, on a visit t the old home and with friends. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens, lived on Case Avenue some 26 years ago.

Mr. Emil Rasch of Lincoln, Nebraska, made this office a pleasant call on Friday last. The gentleman is interested in mines in the Hughesville and Perigee districts, and is enjoying a short vacation in the mountains, while visiting his holdings.

Messrs. John E. Ahlborg and O.E. Loe of Denver spent a portion of last week here and made this office a pleasant call on Friday. The gentlemen are the head of the Pyramid mining company, operating on Clear Creek, above Black Hawk, in the silver bearing section of the county, and have been doing extensive work in developing their claims by a tunnel run into the mountainside.

How to Make Onion Dumplings, by Nellie Maxwell: Cook large white onions until tender, drain and scoop out the centers, chop some pieces of cooked ham, adda few bread crumbs and enough mushroom catsup to moisten and fill this stuffing into the onions. Make a mixture as for baked dumplings, cut into squares, put an onion into each, wrap and pinch the edges and bake until the dumpling is brown. Sere with a tomato sauce.

A Poem, by Allen Moore Robinson; Principal, Clark School: “The Measure of a Life,” They called him a failure, because he was “broke.”/ Had never much money to show/ They viewed all his efforts somewhat as a joke—/ Believed him insipid and slow/ He did all he could to help others in need,/ Easing burdens with gladness and song./ The world slyly twitted: “He’ll never succeed,”/ “He’s foolish,” “a dreamer,” “all wrong.”/ He did what he could to make others smile/ by sharing the burdens they bore;/ His friendship made “failures” feel life is worthwhile/ Relieved those who were friendless and poor/ He lived a “religion” of joy for the sad—/ Brought love to the weary of heart./ He saw only good where others saw bad/ Helped many to make a new start./ They said, “He’s a failure,”/ Yes he had failed/ At most outward things he had done./ But when sacrifice, hardships, and love were entailed,/ Where others left off—he’d begun!/ He didn’t “have money,” had never “made good/ Didn’t shine in the mad race for pelf/ He possess a rare “something” that few understood;/ A failure? Well,—guess it yourself!

120 years ago – September 23, 1898

Frank J. Bullene left Thursday afternoon for Wilson, San Miguel County, Colorado, where he has accepted a position with a prominent mining company. Mr. Percy Alsdorf accompanied him but will return during the coming week.

An interesting wrestling entertainment was given at Armory Hall on Saturday evening, between Tom Berryman, of Russell Gulch, and John Richards, of Mountain City, and was won by the former. Following the above came the wrestling matches between John Rowett, of Michigan, and Sid Varney, of Idaho Springs. In the side hold contest, Rowett won; in the catch-as-catch-can, Carney won, and in the bout, Cornish style, Rowett was the winner.

Dr. Abe Ashbaugh, who made a visit to his Lombard property at Yankee Hill, last week, brought in some ore for assay, which showed values of 4.82 ounces gold and seven ounces silver, a total value of $101.96 per ton.

Mike Unfung, residing at the Toll Gate, Black Hawk, and working in a mine in Chase Gulch, Saturday, was struck on the side of the head by a drill which fell 70 feet down the shaft, leaving a gash five inches long. A few inches more to the side and the drill would have passed entirely through his head.

Herman Brandl, of this city, while at work in the Phoenix-Burroughs Mine, on Quartz Hill last Saturday, was struck on the left foot by a stool timber, which mashed his instep, making for a painful injury.

Born: In Nevadaville, September 22nd, 1898, tot eh wife of A.O. Trembath, a son.

Married: In Denver, September 21st, 1898, George Morgan and Miss Eunice Bernard, both of Idaho Springs.

Died: In Nevadaville, September 20th, 1898, James Letcher, aged 28 years.

Died: Ed. A Millison, engineer of Engine No. 10, on the regular freight train that runs between this city and Denver, received injuries in Black Hawk last Friday, from which he died two hours later. While switching coal cars on the track above the incline shaft on the Gregory-Bobtail Mine, and when directly opposite the Eagle Mill, he was struck by a post and knocked out of the cab of the engine, his body falling beside the track and was dragged some thirty feet, to the end of the embankment, where he was found. He was taken to the depot and Doctors Richmond and Abe Ashbaugh summoned, who did everything possible to relieve his sufferings, but his injuries were too serious to overcome. The accident was caused by Millison, in looking out of the cab window for signals from the crew, did not see or know of the upright close to the track, which carried a line of pipe to the fire pump, from the building close to the track, to be used in case of an emergency. Million had been running on the Golf Road for 15 years, and was one of the best known engineers on the Colorado Central branch. He was 35 years of age, and is survived by two children, five and seven years of age, residing in Golden, his wife having died a year ago.

Died: John Negri, an Austrian, lost his life in the Golden Age Mine, on Bobtail Hill, on Monday evening about 8 o’clock. He had finished his day’s work, and came out of the level to the shaft to take the bucket to the surface, when he must have stumbled and fell down the shaft a distance of 200 feet. He was 44 years of age, had resided in the county for 20 years, and leaves a wife and five children, residing in this city.

151 years ago – September 25, 1868

Ed. Hughes, at his market in Black Hawk, was advertising the best beef, veal and mutton in the county.

The Consolidated Gregory Mining Company, under the management of Mr. Richman, was putting in 50 stamps in the old Lyon Smelting Works.

Mr. M.H. Root was making good progress in erection of the walls for the Methodist Church, on Eureka Street.

Mr. A.N. Rogers left for the east to bring out his family, and was spoken of as excellent and successful mine manager.

Colonel Randolph, at the Ophir Mine, on Quartz Hill, was working 40 men in the mine and mill. The Ophir was the deepest mine in the county, having two shafts over 500 feet deep and three cords of ore taken out daily, the best of which was sold to Professor Hill, at his smelter in Black Hawk, for $100 per ton, and the rest was run in the Ophir Mill, returning 6 ounces gold to the cord.

A big Indian fight was reported on the Republican River, in which several brave men were massacred, among the number being Lieutenant Beecher, a son of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher.

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